07-31-2010, 01:52 PM
I live in Nevada, a state that I imagine will not have dealers selling Volts until well into 2012. I contacted Rancho Chevrolet in Victorville, California, shortly after the press release on the rollout schedule came out to see if I could get on their wait list. As far as I can tell, I was actually the first person to try and get on this list at this dealership. The individual who contacted me back expressed a willingness to work with me, though after a few days they requested a deposit to get on the list. After reading other comments in this forum, I guess I should not have been upset about the deposit request, but GM's own marketing department had said during their announcement of the rollout specifically that no deposit would be required to get on dealership wait lists. I copied and pasted the article and emailed it back to Rancho. They seemed fine about it, and continued to correspond with me for a couple weeks, especially after the price was released. The individual I corresponded with even told me he didn't think it would be an issue for me to lease, even though I was out of state. However, the day before yesterday I received an email that said the dealership managers had decided to sell only to individuals who were residents of California. I suppose from their standpoint this is only good business sense, since I might be unlikely to represent a repeat customer, but still, I was a bit miffed.
I guess I am out of luck until they hit Nevada dealerships. Anyone else have any luck getting on a waiting list out of state?
07-31-2010, 11:34 PM
Honestly, had you put a deposit down you probably wouldn't have been bumped. You probably got bumped by someone who put a deposit down.
08-01-2010, 05:49 PM
I put down a deposit with a Virginia (WashDC market) dealer on Friday, and I am waaaaay out of state. I did find a couple dealers who were limiting their sales to local people, but I'm sure that's just because of the demand. It's a good business decision for them, honestly, to cater to local customers.
As for bristling at them requiring security deposits, don't be naive. I don't even have a problem with them charging over MSRP. It's a free market.
08-02-2010, 09:29 PM
I can identify with the "waaaaay out of state" comment. When I asked my Michigan dealer about an out of state sale, he said "Kansas is still part of the US, isn't it?" and went on to write up the order.:D
02-07-2011, 02:25 PM
Ted I live in Kansas & was on a wait list in TX. since July .I got to order my VOLT February 3 , at first they told me they wouldn't sell me a car because I was out of the city Austin TX. So I called GM to complain & they but me on hold & called the Dealer. The dealer called me back & said I was #10 on the list & would need to wait for the next available allocation date.
02-07-2011, 05:15 PM
I don't think I would bother with a wait list. I would use this site to follow where the Volts are being rolled out, then find the area closest to you where those units are being allocated. Google to get a list of dealers in that area, and then get on the horn and start calling. GM has a site that lists "offical Chevy Volt authorized" dealers. That list is incomplete. The only way to know if a dealer is getting allocation is to call them.
You could get on a wait list, and then when your slot comes up find out that the dealer you wait listed with is one that intends to charge way over MSRP. Don't believe anything until you have a signed buyers order in hand.
I called 5 or 6 dealers before finding one that was not going to charge over MSRP.
Of course if you are willing to travel you can buy a Volt today. Everyday it seems there are sales reps on here offering Volts that are sitting in there show rooms.
02-07-2011, 08:51 PM
Live in Lansing Michigan and ordered mine in Atlantic Cherolet in New York. I know they have coming in. I got a flight for $99.
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